David Fetter earned his Bachelor of Music in music education with an Artist Diploma in trombone from the Eastman School of Music, where his major teacher was Emory Remington. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in musicology from The American University. Mr. Fetter has pursued additional trombone study with Robert Marstellar, Lewis Van Haney, and Horst Raasch.
Mr. Fetter spent 16 years as a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 10 as principal trombone. He has also been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Radio Telefis/Eireann Symphony Orchestra (Dublin, Ireland), U. S. Army Band, and Eastman Wind Ensemble. Conductors of these ensembles include George Szell, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Frederick Fennell, Sergiu Comissiona, and David Zinman. Mr. Fetter has been a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Howard University. He is also a chamber music coach, composer, arranger, and publisher, and he conducts the Ellicott City Trombone Choir, a volunteer ensemble that welcomes new members.
Mr. Fetter's Students
Frances Jamie Yu is congratulated by proud teacher David Fetter after the 2013 Peabody commencement ceremony.
While at Peabody, Ms. Yu was a member of the Peabody Wind Ensemble, the Peabody Youth Orchestra, the Peabody Concert Orchestra, and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. She also took part in many ad hoc ensembles, she performed music of Peabody student composers, and she was a member of the Eastern Edge Brass. She was recognized in the commencement program for her part in the quintet’s accomplishments with a Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music. Yu was also a member of the Trombody Peabones trombone ensemble, directed by James Olin, and she was soloist with it when it performed excerpts from the Mahler Symphony No. 3.
We wish her well as she begins master’s studies in the fall at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Steve Lange, second trombone in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Carolyn Thomas and David Fetter are seen here after the 2015 Peabody commencement ceremony, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. In September she enters the master’s program in musicology and library science at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Thomas grew up in New Jersey near Philadelphia, where she took part in youth orchestras and brass ensembles. At Peabody she performed in two brass quintets, the Peabody Concert Orchestra, the Peabody Wind Ensemble, the Trombody Peabones, and the Peabody Modern Orchestra. She studied for one semester at the National University of Singapore in the Peabody/NUS exchange program. Also, she took part in the Junior Bach and other outreach programs.
David Fetter is seen here with Bo Xu, trombone; Ping-Hsin Wu, flute; and Wanyang Zheng, piano; after their performance on a Peabody chamber music recital in May, 2015, of a new arrangement he made for them of the Meditation from Jules Massenet’s opera Thais. The trio also played his arrangement of “Frohe Hirten," a tenor aria from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Bo Xu begins his second year of master's study with David Fetter this fall.